Atlanta, GA- If you’ve been charged with DUI, you may be unsure if you should hire a DUI attorney and how to choose the right one. The reality is you need an attorney and you need one that will help you through the entire DUI process; pre-trial and post-trial. Choosing the right DUI attorney can mean the all the difference in your case.
A driving under the influence charge is serious with numerous costly and life-changing consequences. If convicted you could find yourself in jail, have your license suspended and the arrest will stay on your record for years. DUIs are also very expensive, if convicted you can expect to pay several thousand dollars for your penalties and associated fines. If someone has been killed or harmed, the ensuing DUI charges will be too difficult to navigate without help.
Prosecutors rely heavily on breathalyzer test results and police statements at the time of your arrest. It is a DUI attorney’s responsibility to challenge this evidence whether it is a blood test or breathalyzer and only they have the experience to do this.
In some circumstances, an experienced DUI attorney can have your charges reduced and negotiate with prosecutors for reduced penalties.
What should I look for in a DUI attorney?
The first thing you should look for in an attorney is one who has experience in criminal defense cases in your area. DUI laws in each city and state vary so you want someone who is well-versed in local DUI statutes and completely understands the ramifications of a guilty plea or conviction.
When you consult with your attorney, they should be willing to share testimonials from previous clients. Having years of experience is great, but you also want someone who has a record of helping clients avoid conviction. Simply practicing for years is not enough, the attorney must be able to provide a highly effective defense.
Your attorney should be assertive, but also have a good demeanor. They should have a good rapport with prosecutors and the courts; you don’t want an attorney who is on the wrong side of a judge or prosecutor defending you. This is very important since pre-trial negotiations can mitigate some of the harsher penalties and possibly lead to a lesser charge. A large number of criminal cases and DUI cases are settled long before they go to trial.
Other things to look for:
- An attorney that listens to your concerns and honors your wishes.
- An attorney who is upfront with their fees and honors the contract you sign.
- An attorney who has no ethical complaints against them.
- An attorney will thoroughly explain the pre-trial process and clearly explain what a guilty plea entails.
- An attorney who is detail-oriented and organized
- An attorney who returns your calls and is willing to meet with you.
A DUI charge is no small matter and when you hire a DUI attorney, they will take your case seriously and work tirelessly on your case. For the best DUI defense, call one or our many devoted and accomplished attorneys in your area.